Make a Difference While You Distance in KC Parks

Make a Difference While You Distance in KC Parks

KC Parks is urging people to “Make a Difference While You Distance” at the park or on trails.  Starting on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, (the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day) KC Parks will be offering opportunities for people to help beautify KC Parks and Trails while practicing social distancing.  KC Parks is asking the next time you or your family head out to a park or trail, consider taking a trash bag and gloves to pick up litter along the way. We even have litter-supply kits available to make it easy for you!

How you can help:

  1. Take a bag or bucket and gloves on your next outing. If you need a supply kit, visit one of the locations below or email
  2. Pick up litter following the safety guidelines below. Place bag in nearest trash can or next to the receptacle closest to the street for KC Parks staff to haul away.
  3. Share photos on social media with #KCParks and #EarthDayKC50. Then challenge your friends!
  4. Send your photo and location of your trash to:

Supply kits
No gloves or bags? No problem! Visit one of these locations at the hours listed below or contact

South District Office, 6901 Elmwood (in Swope Park), 8 a.m.-3 p.m., M-F
Ruby Jean’s Juicery, 3000 Troost Ave., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., M-F
KC North Community Center, 3930 N.E. Antioch Road, 1-2 p.m., M-F
Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd Street, 1-2 p.m., M-F
Gregg Klice Community Center, 1600 John Buck O’Neil Way, 1-2 p.m., M-F

Where You Can Make a Difference
You can help in your favorite park or explore somewhere new. These parks could use an extra hand:

Blue Valley Park, E. 23rd St. & Topping Ave
Swope Park, Swope Pkwy & Meyer Blvd.
Kessler Park, Chestnut Tfwy & Cliff Drive
Chouteau Greenway Park, N.E. 42nd Terr. & Chouteau Pkwy
Waterworks Park, N.E. 32nd St. & N. Oak Tfwy
Hidden Valley Park, N.E. Russell Road & N. Bennington Ave.
Pleasant Valley Park, 6401 N.E. Pleasant Valley Rd
Noble Park, E. 75th St. and Cleveland Ave.

Litter Cleanup Guidelines

  • Wear sturdy shoes (no sandals), and gloves. Wash your hands well afterward.
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellent when appropriate.
  • Avoid working near roads or parking lots.
  • Don’t overfill your bag—keep it light enough to carry.
  • Look out for poison ivy or thorny plants. Don’t eat any berries or mushrooms you find.
  • Don’t enter high vegetation areas (home to snakes and other wildlife) or bodies of water.
  • Don’t pick up dangerous items such as glass, razor blades, syringes or needles, household hazardous waste (HHW), dead animals, weapons, and unlabeled chemical containers.
  • If you find PPEs, KCMO Health Department recommends that you pick it up with a glove and make sure you dispose of it in a bag that can be closed so that it won’t fall out.
  • If you find chemicals, HHW, or dead animals in the open, call 311 or call 816-513-7525.

Important:  This challenge is intended for individuals and families. This is NOT an activity for groups. Please do not clean up homeless sites, but please report camps by calling 311.

2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To honor this important event Kansas City is launching this Earth Day Every Day. Read More About the City’s Earth Day Initiatives>>